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New signing Lucas Carstensen convinced in the first race with victory in Gabon

Monday, Jan 15, 2018 in Pro Cycling

The past season was the most successful so far for Team BIKE AID. After the great joy, the question comes, is it possible to build on it? And then that happens ...

Last season Lucas Carstensen from Hamburg was the big surprise 2017. With 14 victories, he became the most successful German amateur rider of the season.

He won from german Bundesliga races up to UCI races in China and Asia. He started 2017 for the sympathetic amateur team "Embrace the World" from Bochum, which also found out that there is more to discover in cycling than Tour de France or crit races in industrial areas.  

As a desired candidate, he now came to BIKE AID, after which there was already a short contact in the first season of the professional team. Lucas Carstensen was at the start of some races towards the end of the 2014 season as a stagiaire at BIKE AID. Since then, he has developed continuously and in addition to his success, many experiences around the globe collected, which he can now bring with.

This Lucas Carstensen is now at the start of the Tropicale Amissa Bongo in Gabon, a race of the UCI category 2.1 with teams like Direct Energie or Wilier Triestina, who compete elsewhere at Tour de France and Giro d'Italia. The first race in the 2018 season, which finished Nicodemus Holler in 2017 in third place overall, thus laying the base for the successful season.

And what happened? The fast sprinter Lucas Carstensen left behind on the finish line professionals such as Adrien Petit, Youcef Reguigui or Luca Pacioni and surprised again, what the international press had to determine too (L`Equipe FR, Ouest France FR, Velomotion DE, Cicloweb IT). First race, first victory, as a result of perfect team work over the entire stage. As far as the research is right, the first victory of a German continental team in a category 1 race since 2014 (Tour of China 6th stage by Tino Thömel, who is now at BIKE AID also).

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